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[PHOTO] Five photos of Exhibition GO station, taken just before midnight

This weekend just past, I was wandering through Exhibition Place down by the waterfront just before midnight when I came upon the Exhibition GO Station. I thought it a handsome station, all poured-concrete and cinematic lighting, but was also struck by its disconnect from the rest of the city grid. The 29 Dufferin bus runs in this area relatively rarely, for instance, and only in 2027 will it be plugged into the Ontario Line as a terminal station when that subway line is built. (If it is built. Let us hope.)

Exhibition GO Station, as a westbound VIA train passes #toronto #exhibitionplace #night #gotransit #exhibitiongostation #rail #viarail

Up to Liberty Village #toronto #exhibitiongostation #concrete #stairs #gotransit #tunnel

Directions #toronto #exhibitiongostation #concrete #gotransit #tunnel

"Do not use" #toronto #exhibitiongostation #night #chairs #signs #covid19toronto

Looking south across the tracks #toronto #exhibitiongostation #rail #gardinerexpressway #night #gotransit

Written by Randy McDonald

July 15, 2020 at 9:06 am

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from a stroll west of Lake Ontario from Dufferin Street to Palace Pier

Walking west one evening last week along the Lake Ontario shoreline, from the Dufferin Loop all the way to the Palace Pier on just the far side of the Humber River, was enjoyable. It was a glorious summer night.

Looking east #toronto #skyline #gardinerexpressway #dufferinstreet #dufferinloop

Looking south #toronto #lakeontario #marilynbellpark #blue #evening

Looking west #toronto #skyline #lakeontario #humberbayshores #marilynbellpark #evening

Chairs, flowers, towers #toronto #marilynbellpark #lakeontario #evening #chairs #flowers #towers #skyline

Geese on the lawn #toronto #marilynbellpark #green #grass #lawn #birds #canadagoose

Poppy #toronto #red #poppy #sculpture #publicart #royalcanadianlegion #royalcanadianlegion344 #lakeshoreblvd

Boats anchored #toronto #lakeontario #beach #boats #evening

Ducks by the beach #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #birds #ducks #evening

Gathered by the beach #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #evening #birds #canadagoose #seagull #swan

High waters #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #flooding #lakeontario #tree #blue

Towards Humber Bay shores #toronto #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #towers #evening #blue #clouds

Starting to shine #toronto #sunnysidebeach #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #towers #evening

Starting to glitter #toronto #humberbayshores #skyline #evening #lights #towers #beach #lakeontario #humberbay

Blue over blue #toronto #humberbay #blue #evening #twilight #sky #lakeontario

Under the arch #toronto #humberbayarchbridge #architecture #bridge #twilight #blue

Looking east #toronto #skyline #cntower #twilight #night #palacepier

[VIDEO] Windmill turning, Exhibition Place

The Windshare Turbine at Exhibition Place turns relentlessly, continuing to generate clean power.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 31, 2019 at 5:17 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five #cherryblossomsTO links

  • blogTO notes that High Park subway station was very crowded Saturday with the crowds looking for the sakura.
  • CBC Toronto shares photos of the sakura of High Park.
  • blogTO shares photos of the sakura of High Park.
  • Toronto Life looks at the weekend sakura of High Park.
  • r/toronto shares this beautiful photo showing the cherry blossoms of Exhibition Place.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

[PHOTO] Walking towards the 509 Harbourfront streetcar, eastbound at Exhibition Loop

Walking towards the 509 Harbourfront streetcar, eastbound #toronto #exhibitionloop #509harbourfront #streetcars #morning #cntower #skyline

Written by Randy McDonald

April 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: poverty, real estate, architecture, neighbourhoods

  • After a fire last night, the homeless encampments underneath the Gardiner Expressway have been cleared. Global News reports.
  • blogTO reports on a terribly depressing unit offered for rent in East York at $C 1250.
  • blogTO notes that a new pedestrian sky bridge is scheduled to be built in Exhibition Place.
  • Urban Toronto notes that the steel skeleton has been put in place for the new extension to Robarts Library.
  • blogTO reports on moves to place Ontario Place under heritage protection, sparing it redevelopment.
  • George Popper writes at Spacing against new city development protocols for Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • The state of 650 Parliament Street, now slated to be reopened in August of this year, is appalling. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: real estate, CNE, Metrolinx, #650Parliament, transit politics

  • Urban Toronto notes that the Toronto real estate market is getting even tighter, with higher prices too.
  • blogTO notes that the CNE is offering for Christmas discounted tickets for the 2019 show, perhaps to try to recoup from this year’s strike-related losses.
  • Ontario’s auditor-general is very critical of Metrolinx’s behavior with regards to the Eglinton Crosstown line, as noted in The Globe and Mail. Ontario’s auditor-general has also ruled that the locations of two GO stations by Metrolinx were selected on the basis of political pressure, as the Toronto Star noted.
  • One of the tenants of 650 Parliament Street was being charged just short of a thousand dollars by Bell for not retrieving his inaccessible Bell gear, before the CBC got involved.
  • Tricia Wood at Spacing takes a look at the idea that mass transit in this city is politicized. Of course it is; it needs to be done better.

[PHOTO] Sixteen photo of Exhibition Place in early winter

Thursday afternoon, I went south on the 29 Dufferin down to Exhibition Place. Things did not work out quite as I planned, but I did get a chance to disembark at Dufferin Gate and walk east down Princes Boulevard. The bareness of the weather, without leaves and without snow, does a good job of showing the complex’s bare-bones handsomeness.

Toronto skyline from Dufferin Gate #toronto #skyline #winter #dufferingate #gardinerexpressway

Press Building #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #winter #grey #gray

Looking west #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #winter #grey #gray

Princess Margaret Fountain and windmill #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #princessmargaretfountain #windmill #winter #grey #gray

BMO Field (1) #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #bmofield #winter #grey #gray

Queen Elizabeth Building (1) #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #queenelizabethbuilding #winter #grey #gray

White bricks #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #white #bricks #winter #grey #gray

Queen Elzabeth Building (2) #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #queenelizabethbuilding #winter #grey #gray

BMO Field (2) #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #bmofield #winter #grey #gray

Corner #toronto #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #whote #bricks #winter #grey #gray

Skyline, looking east #toronto #skyline #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #cntower #princesboulevard #bmofield #winter #grey #gray

Parking lot #toronto #skyline #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #parkinglot #winter #grey #gray

BMO Field (3) #toronto #skyline #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #bmofield #winter #grey #gray

Hamilton Court Entrance #toronto #skyline #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #hamiltoncourtentrance #winter #grey #gray

Payphones #toronto #skyline #exhibitionplace #princesblvd #princesboulevard #payphones #winter #grey #gray

East towards the downtown at night #toronto #twilight #night #skyline #dufferingate #gardinerexpressway #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: John Tory, planetarium, condos, Liberty Village, Edward VIII

  • Toronto has been unified around John Tory, May Warren argues at the Toronto Star, largely because of Doug Ford.
  • Urban Toronto notes an exciting University of Toronto proposal for a new planetarium downtown. I would definitely go for that!
  • Urban Toronto notes</u. that excavation has begun for Panda Condominiums, at the former site of the World’s Biggest Book Store.
  • blgoTO notes a Liberty Village intersection with massive new projects on every corner.
  • Jamie Bradburn looks at the scant traces of King Edward VIII in Toronto, at Yonge and Eglinton and at Exhibition Place.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: U Pass, #ossingtonbae, Hotel X, marijuana, TTC fraud

  • A poster put up by a man who wanted to reconnect with another guy he saw at Ossington station has gone viral. This has the potential to be quite a cute story, I’d say. blogTO reports.
  • The TTC has approved the creation of a new monthly pass program for post-secondary students, subject to approval at different universities and colleges in the city. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Hotel X, at Exhibition Place, is now open for business. Good news that it’s finally open, but bad news that such an ugly tower still mars the area’s skyline. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto’s Samantha Edwards notes the strong possibility that marijuana smoking will be prohibited in condos come legalization. This makes sense: why wouldn’t marijuana smoking be treated like tobacco smoking?
  • Toronto Life reports on a massive fraud case involving TTC workers submitting fraudulent claims for orthotics. As described, I can almost believe that some of the hundreds of workers who fired did not quite know that what they were doing was fraud.